While Microsoft anticipated a glorious path for Windows 10, touted to be an OS for “the next Billion”, the results so far indicates Windows 10’s intial uprise might have steadily started slowing down.
It’s been 3 months since the launch of Windows 10 and so far it has managed to mount itself onto 7.94% of devices. Microsoft believes that in the timespan of next 2 to 3 years Windows 10 will find its presence in around 1 billion devices, and by devices we mean the whole product-line of PCs, smartphones, tablets, consoles and other supportable devices.
In the first 4 weeks of the launch, Windows 10 was adopted by 75 million PCs globally and 110 million PCs post 10 weeks. In September, Windows 10 garnered 6.63% market share, which turned to 7.94% this month. The shift is slowing down gradually and that might soon be a point of concern for Microsoft team.
On the other hand, Microsoft’s finest operating system — the Windows 7 — still enjoys an elevated position in user community, with around 55% of market share. Surprisingly, WIndows 7 passed 60% mark in June, and then slumped by 5 percent with the launch of Windows 10.
Windows 8 still happens to be the most abandoned operating system and has around 2.54% of market share (for obvious reasons). While this figure is never likely to rise, Windows 8.1 has around 10.68% of market share. By next year, the combined figure of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is expected to fall below 10% market share. The balance is expected to shift onto Windows 10, expecially because Windows 10 is being offered as a free upgrade to Windows 8 and 8.1 users.
It’s fascinating to see how Windows has this sturdy dominance in the operating system business, with 90.42% of machines falling under its reign. Mac OS X gained 0.28% to touch the mark of 8% of global market share.
While Windows 10 uprise has been a little slow, Microsoft still hopes that the OS will soon find its place in a host of powerful machines and will acquire a major percentage of market share.